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Aldermen Call For Chicago Postmaster To Resign Immediately After Watchdog Found Huge Issues With Mail

Complaints of delayed mail have dogged the Post Office for months, with issues reported in every part of the city — but four South Side post offices have faced thousands of complaints.

Citywide

Nearing Their 4th Week Of A Hunger Strike, Activists Take Fight Against Southeast Side Scrapper To City Hall

Breanna Bertacchi, Chuck Stark and Oscar Sanchez will complete their 21st day without food Wednesday, as Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) joined the hunger strike and former Gov. Pat Quinn lent his support.

Downtown

Ald. Brendan Reilly Says He Was Attacked By 2 Men Outside Boss Bar In River North

Reilly said two men punched and kicked him outside the River North bar last week but he didn't report it to police.

Near North Side, River North

Lightfoot Says Raising Bridges This Summer Was ‘Right Decision’ — And Doesn’t Rule Out Doing It Again

"If there is a need, and that need is justified, I'm not going to hesitate to use any tool that is necessary to keep our residents and our businesses safe," Lightfoot said.

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Lightfoot Backs Police Chief ‘1000%’ After Scathing Watchdog Report Found Cops Botched Response To Summer Unrest

Some Chicagoans said Supt. David Brown should resign over how the Police Department handled unrest this summer, but Lightfoot said the department learned from these "challenges" and he has her full confidence.

Citywide

Even Police Thought Raising Chicago’s Bridges Was A Bad Idea During Unrest, Watchdog Finds

There was no advanced planning around raising the bridges, officials testified. And officers beat protesters, escalating violent clashes, the report found.

Citywide

Massive Michael Reese Hospital Redevelopment Set For Plan Commission Vote Thursday

An update to the Fulton Market Innovation District plan, a proposed 50-foot building at The Fields development and a new elementary school in Belmont Cragin will also be considered.

Citywide

A Baby Dolphin At The Shedd Aquarium Has Been Named Harmony — With Help From CPS Students

Sixteen CPS classrooms will be able to make a virtual field trip to the aquarium to meet the calf and speak with the experts who care for the baby dolphin.

Downtown

Mass Vaccination Sites At Wrigley Field, United Center Could Happen — When City Gets More Doses

"This will be something for sure that is in our future for Chicago in one way or another, but it will be more when there is more vaccine available," said Dr. Allison Arwady.

Citywide

Sweetwaters Cafe Opens On Near North Side, Bringing Asian-Inspired Coffee, Treats To Newcity Complex

Sweetwaters Coffee opened Jan. 30 on the Near North side. It is the first Illinois location for the Midwestern chain.

Near North Side, River North

Near North Side Housing Complex To Bring Affordable Apartments To Area — And A Former Cabrini-Green Resident Is Helping Build It

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. said the mixed-income development will bring affordable housing and job opportunities to the Near North Side area.

Near North Side, River North

Statues And Chandeliers From Closed Lawry’s Prime Rib Up For Grabs At Online Auction

The slabs of prime rib may be gone, but items from the restaurant’s unique decor are for sale.

Downtown

Navy Pier Flyover Adds New Section As Crews Finish Lanes Over Chicago River

The Flyover now provides a continuous stretch from Ohio Street Beach to the south side of the river.

Downtown

Cook County’s Pilot Program Aims To Boost Metra Electric, Rock Island Ridership By Slashing Fares In Half

Fares have been cut by about 50 percent along the Metra Electric line through Southeast Chicago and Metra's Rock Island line, while Pace's Halsted Street route is receiving service improvements.

Downtown

A Troubling Trend In Chicago’s School Reopening: More Students Disengaged

CPS released data that showed the majority of white families reported to school buildings as expected so far, while nearly half of Black families chose to stay home. About 62% of Latino students reported to campuses.

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Michigan Avenue Will Not Become ‘Pot Paradise,’ Lightfoot Says In Ruling Out New Downtown Weed Shops

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly wants to open the Loop and the Magnificent Mile up to cannabis dispensaries.

Downtown

Art Institute To Reopen Feb. 11, Will Extend ‘Monet And Chicago’ Through June

When the Art Institute reopens, visitors must wear face coverings and maintain six feet of separation from others not in their group. Tickets are required for non-members.

Downtown

Chicago Teachers Will Work Remotely Monday, Defying CPS Orders. If District Locks Them Out, They’ll Strike.

Thousands of CPS teachers were supposed to report to the classroom Monday, but they'll work remotely instead. The decision comes as many have expressed concerns about spreading coronavirus.

Citywide

Families Of Carjacking Victims Ask City, State Leaders To Do Something To Stop Surge: ‘This Is … Chicago Crying For Help’

One woman, whose son was left paralyzed after being shot during a carjacking, said she's planning to leave her lifelong community if something doesn't change.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago’s Black Activists Aren’t Putting Their Faith In Biden: ‘We’re Going To Continue To Take Care Of Ourselves’

Under Trump, Chicago activists pushed for major reforms. Biden will be a big shift for the country, but local activists say they aren't investing hope in a system where "there's always a loophole."

Englewood, Chatham
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